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Catalytic Converter Thefts - Hybrid vehicles often at greater risk

A recent article on www.thisismoney.co.uk website details how Catalytic Converter theft is often more common amongst hybrid vehicles versions of Honda Jazz, Lexus RX and Toyota's Auris and Prius as hybrids has higher concentrations of value precious metals. This article provides asn excellent overview of Catalytic Converter thefts, explains what they are so valuabel to thieves and what is being done to try and stop this crime. To read…

Frontex leads massive international operation to find stolen cars and car parts

Spain: Law enforcement authorities seized more than 350 stolen cars and more than 1000 stolen car parts this month in a two-week international operation led by Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency. The operation was co-led by Poland, Greece, Germany and Europol and supported by INTERPOL, along with hundreds of border guards and police officers from 22 countries around Europe. Frontex set up a Coordination Centre at its…

Biometric vehicle access forecasts climb, facial recognition features in more new car models

The market for biometrics in automobiles continues to see increased supply, with Cadillac, Buick, and China’s Human Horizons launching new models with facial recognition, a new document-signing capability from Syngrafii for automotive transactions, and a partnership between Cerence and an electric vehicle manufacturer on voice technology. The global market for biometric vehicle access systems is forecast to reach $1.56 billion by 2025,…

Car owners urged to take action as catalytic converter thefts soar 600%

Car owners, especially those with hybrid models, are being urged to take steps to protect themselves from organised gangs stealing catalytic converters. Thefts of the essential exhaust components rocketed 600 per cent last year, according to a BBC investigation, with drivers left with huge bills to replace the stolen parts. In 2018 there were around 2,000 reported thefts of catalytic converters in England and Wales but in 2019 this shot up to…

The cyber risk of virtual car keys

Allianz and RCAR have defined a global list of requirements for virtual keys Clients must still be able to prove total theft Virtual keys must not be duplicable Connected cars need to offer adequate protection from potential cyber risks, but at the same time they have to permit discrimination-free access to the vehicle’s data so that third parties can perform servicing. Just how complex that can turn out to be in practice was…

European Police Bust Polish Gang Suspected of Hacking and Stealing Cars

German and Polish police agencies announced Wednesday they had dismantled a Polish criminal network accused of stealing dozens of cars by breaching the keyless systems used to start the vehicles. The alleged thieves had racked up at least 34 vehicles worth $1.6 million by the time investigators raided their properties in Poland last week, according to Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency. The alleged Polish criminal network…

UK Car Parks With Worst Crime Rates

Revealed: The busy car parks with the worst crime rates and ones where your vehicle is most likely to be safe.  Analysis of the 200 most-used car parks in the England, Wales, Northern Ireland.  It revealed that an NCP facility in Covent Garden, London, has the worst record.  Some 368 motor-related crimes were reported at the postcode in 2019-2020 NCP, the UK's biggest operator, dominates the standings for poor…

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The ‘Game Boy’ That Steals Cars

Retro gaming devices have been turned into £20,000 gadgets which can unlock cars without breaking the locks or windows, the AA has warned. The most common keyless theft involves criminals ‘relaying’ a signal from the fob inside the owner’s home to the vehicle outside. But thieves are now using sophisticated gadgets which allow them to enter luxury vehicles without the need to relay from a nearby fob. One such device is…

Selling or renting a vehicle? Be aware of the privacy risk in your infotainment systems

The infotainment systems in modern vehicles contain reams of data. Most people understand the privacy risks when selling or disposing of a personal computer or cellphone. The same awareness, however, doesn’t seem to be translating to the vehicles we drive when it comes time to trade them in for a new model. “I should perceive selling my car like I was selling my laptop,” says Mahesh Tripunitara, a professor of electrical and…

RAID Busts Criminal Organization’s VIN-Switch Operation, Recovers Nearly $1.5 Million-Worth of Stole

RIVERSIDE – “That is not my beautiful car.” – Imagine being scammed on the transaction of a luxury or newer car – then discover that armed, organized criminals delivered that ride to you. When innocent purchasers of newer and luxury vehicles throughout Southern Cal., Nevada, and Arizona found themselves duped – the Riverside Auto-Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID) stepped in. A several-month investigation,…